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Chester Bennington’s autopsy results released


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Autopsy results for Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington have revealed that he had a small amount of alcohol in his system when he died, according to TMZ. But the report also noted that the singer was not under the influence of any drugs at the time of his death. The official cause of death was suicide by hanging, with the coroner writing, “Autopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging. There was a history of suicidal ideation.”

  • Bennington’s body was found in his Los Angeles-area home last July 20th. He was 41 at the time of his death.
  • The police officer who found the body wrote in his report that half a pill of insomnia drug Zolpidem, a half-full container of Corona beer and an empty bottle of Stella Artois were in the room. Also present was a journal with a biography that was handwritten but not dated. There was no suicide note.
  • According to TMZ, Bennington’s widow Talinda told the police that her husband had attempted suicide before, including an incident in 2006 when he left the house with a gun after drinking heavily.
  • She said he was recently in an outpatient treatment program and that to her knowledge he hadn’t taken antidepressants in a year.
  • Shards of his fingernails were found on his iPhone, the result of a nervous tic that Talinda said was caused by anxiety. Friends told Rolling Stone that Bennington had been struggling to maintain his sobriety over the past year.
  • Linkin Park staged a tribute concert for Bennington on October 27th featuring guest appearances from a number of different acts, but the band has not revealed if it plans to carry on without the vocalist. They will release a concert album titled One More Light Live on December 15th.


READ: Get more on this developing story at TMZ

CHECK IT OUT: Read the full report here

WATCH: Linkin Park has released a new performance clip of “Crawling” from One More Light Live

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